Drought, Bushfires and Climate Change: The Hot Topic

Riverina sheep during drought.

The recent drought (2017-2019) but especially the horrific fires throughout Eastern Australia now called the Black Summer (~ August 2019-February 2020) has generated what could be called a “tipping point” in the broader Australian community discussion about climate change. 

In this talk, Professor Roderick will examine in detail the facts around the drought and investigate how droughts are related to a warming climate. That investigation will focus on the underlying thermodynamic reason for warming during droughts. He will then extend that investigation from drought to the subsequent Black Summer.

Finally Professor Roderick will compare the facts established about drought and bushfires with projections made by climate models to investigate whether there is a reasonable expectation for more drought and bushfires with warming.

This seminar is organised and hosted by the ANU Research School of Earth Sciences.

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